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To My Neighbor


I lift you higher,
lift you out
of your body cells
stuffed with anxiety
of your past -
an evil load that smells.

I'll fill each cell
with love and joy
that makes the
angels dance.
You'll glide through earthly
filth and stench -
a spiritual trance.

From your youth filled eyes,
your hands
and feet,
a holy peace shall flow,
so you and I
be filled with grace -
let us be still
and know.

William Hermanns
[P527]

Seelentränen


Seelentränen sind Gedichte,
rot mit Herzblut aufgeschrieben,
tiefem Menschenleid zum Ruhm,

Lies sie still in reinem Lichte,
unbeschattet,
frei von Trieben:
Du betrittst ein Heiligtum.


Wilhelm Hermanns
[G001]




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P032

          Free Men Go Forth

Free men, go forth to seize the shore
And onward surge—a living wall.
Move boldly toward the flames of war,
Drive evil to its fall.

Come touch the heavens with your hand
And vow to hold and never flee;
No man shall rise in any land
To force you to your knee.

Beyond the foe wields scourge and rope
And tears the night with rolling drum.
The hostage dies but not his hope—
Behold, the free men come!

Plow wave and wind until you meet
The terror, lashing seas and skies,
And fight on beaches, in the street,
Until all evil dies.

Go fight where snowdrifts build a cave,
Where deserts burn the air you-breathe.
Your soul is greater than the grave
And needs no stone, no wreath.

O life, cut short by tyrant's rope,
O death at dawn with rolling drum.
The martyr dies but not his hope—
Behold, the free men come!

William Hermanns [P032]

Note:  Composed during WWII in Cambridge.   Translated by author to Gedicht G060  Auf freie Völker and to French F032 Oh, Nations Libre.  It is set to music.

Set to Music   G060 Auf freie Völker   F032 Oh! Nations libre 

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